iPad 2

iPad 2

I got my iPad 2 nearly a month after it was launched in Singapore. In hindsight, I would have gotten it earlier had I ordered it online. Nevertheless, I'm enjoying the experience so far.



I like to browse photos taken by others to learn from them and when I need inspiration. Flickr is probably the largest image site and it should be the first place to search for photos. One of the sites that I like to use to browse Flickr is Flickriver.

Hadley large (black)

Billingham Hadley Large camera bag

It had always been my dream to own a Billingham camera bag. The legendary label exudes an aura of sheer elegance that other brands cannot match. Like a Lamborghini Gallardo, the Billingham is not just about looks but also sensible practicality.

MacBook Air

MacBook Air

I made the plunge and purchased my first MacBook. It is not that I finally discovered the advantages of using a Mac. The timing was just right and several factors tipped the scale to MacBook Air’s favour.

Kenny Dalglish

The King returns

I was in Phuket for a short vacation the previous weekend. Unlike Bali, free wireless internet is almost non-existent in Phuket. Paid wireless internet allowed brief updates from the rest of the world. One particular tweet caught my attention on Sunday morning. Kenny Dalglish is the new manager of Liverpool FC.

Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G

My Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G

If you see the difference between the 50mm f/1.8 and 50mm f/1.4 lenses, you should just buy the f/1.4 version. This is my advice for people looking for a 50mm lens. This comes from my experience with Nikon’s 50mm lenses.

New Year 2011

New Year resolutions for 2011

New Year resolutions generally tend to reflect the ideals we wish to achieve but have the tendency to be unrealistic. Rather than set specific goals to achieve this year, I decided to go with a more realistic list of targets for the start of a new decade.


My horoscope – Leo

Some people have a habit of checking their horoscopes. I don’t. However, curiosity got the better of me today and I browsed a write-up on my horoscope, Leo.


Riverdance at Marina Bay Sands

My love for Riverdance started back when I was just fourteen. I watched the VCD of the Riverdance Live at Radio City at least thirty times. The mesmerizing music and synchronized foot taps attracted me. Thus, it was a dream come true to finally watch the performance live.


Eat, Pray, Love

Eat Pray Love is a show that I would definitely recommend, especially if you are going through a tough period in your relationship or is still recovering from a failed one. 

Think Tank Retrospective 20 pinestone

Think Tank Retrospective 20

The AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II lens came with a Nikon lens bag. However, I wanted a bag that I could carry my camera body together with other lenses that I’ll need in a photoshoot. The Kata DR-466i backpack can be used to serve this but that would mean I need to configure its compartment […]

Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR II

My Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II

As mentioned in my previous post, I wasn’t able to resist the temptation of the AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II lens. It didn’t take me long to decide to splurge on this pro glass. I’m still using my D90 body and, boy, this lens works wonders on a crop sensor. There are many reviews of […]

Nikon D700 from DPReview

My camera gear wishlist

Update: Added 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II to the list. This is not my dream camera gear list. It is simply a list of camera gear that I feel would be what I’ll need as I grow as a photographer.

Sword and scroll

List of wuxia terms

This was posted when I was still using Drupal for the blog. Since data from the old blog was lost, I’ll post the list again. The list was created to propose a list of wuxia terms to be used in their original forms in translations. Due to the various Chinese dialects and styles of translating […]

White balance

White balance preview

If your camera has the live view function and has a dedicated ISO button, you can preview your white balance setting.

Shutter speed guide

Aperture guide

The aperture is an opening through which light enters a camera. The size of an aperture is specified by an f-number, which is the ratio of focal length to effective aperture diameter. Aperture setting affects the amount of light entering the camera, and in turn affects the exposure of a particular scene. A larger f-number […]

Shutter speed guide

Shutter speed guide

The shutter speed you should use depends on the lighting in the scene. It is also based on your preference on the results you wish to achieve. This is a rough guide that I came up with for my own use. I’m sharing the list to help fellow budding photographers. You may want to experiment […]

Nikon 18-200mm VR

How to stop zoom creep

When I bought the Nikon 18-200mm VRII lens, I knew of the zoom creep problem inherent with the design of the lens.